BEST IN THE BUSINESS:
One of the UK’s leading tanning experts, James Harknett is based at the AWAY Spa at the W Hotel and offers a full menu of tanning treatments. Everything is done via private appointment – which explains why so many A-listers have him on speed dial. Expect the full VIP experience, starting with a consultation to discuss your tanning needs, before James selects and expertly applies the best products for a flawless finish. We love the sound of the Punta De Mita, which is described as ‘fresh and natural’ to give you that day-at-the-beach bronze with a bit of 3D contouring to lock in even coverage and a multi-tonal effect. James also makes on-site visits for an extra fee.
Prices from £65; 10 Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6QF
BEST LONG-LASTING RESULTS:
Jules Von Hep
Jules Von Hep is the man behind the popular Isle of Paradise tanning range. Available for private, at-home appointments, he’s known for creating the kind of colour that lasts – great news for brides looking to build a believable tan before travelling for a destination wedding or jetting off on honeymoon. A fan favourite among the influencer community, Jules can also share a host of aftercare tips to ensure your tan lasts long after the wedding day is over.
Prices on request; mobile service
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BEST PERSONALISED SERVICE:
Regular readers will know what fans we are of Amanda Harrington. Back in 2004, the tanning master brought together a group of experts to form InParlour, a discreet and highly professional concierge service which comes directly to your home, office or hotel room – either here or abroad. The team personally evaluates the needs of each bride to match them with the most suitable treatment and therapist, according to their specialism and expertise – there are no automated bookings here. There are also hair stylists, make-up artists and skincare specialists available if you want to book a larger package.
Prices start from £150 for the 60-minute Bespoke Body Contouring Technique with Amanda; mobile service
BEST FOR BUSY BRIDES:
James Read’s Signature Tan service takes just 30 minutes – and you can find it at Hershesons on the fourth floor at Harvey Nichols. Described as a “classic spray tanning treatment for a golden ‘week in the Greek Islands’ look”, James’s products guarantee a streak-free glow. While you’re there, take advantage of Harvey Nichols’s extensive beauty treatment menu – and don’t forget to pack James Read’s Click & Glow Tan Drops to ensure the glow lasts through your honeymoon.
Prices from £55; 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
BEST FOR TANNING NOVICES:
If you’ve never had a spray tan before, think of Beautii as a concierge that will guide you through the entire process. Clients receive a step-by-step guide once they’ve booked their appointment to prepare for a streak-free natural tan. During the treatment, Beautii’s specialists will advise on the best shade and solution for you. Those short on time are advised to go for an Express Spray Tan – results show up within one to three hours – while anyone wanting a flawless finish should book a Contour tan so Beautii’s tanning experts can ensure you leave looking leaner and more toned.
Prices from £67.50; mobile service
BEST FOR QUICK TOP-UPS:
Had a spray tan but find the results are fading fast? Or maybe you already have a base tan from a recent trip? Either way, this one’s for you. While you can book in for a full body tan with Perfect 10, what sets the brand apart is its ‘Top Up’ service. At just £18, the team will top up your existing colour in just 20 minutes – great for those who find themselves a bit time poor. Even better, the products used are from the Sienna X range – known for its tropical, coconut scent instead of the usual tell-tale biscuit smell.
Prices from £18 for top-ups, up to £120 for full-body spray tans; Borers Yard, Borers Arm Road, Copthorne, RH10 3LH & 6 Church Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9AE
BEST FOR CONVENIENCE:
Founded by Venetia Archer, Ruuby has earned its title as one of London’s most convenient beauty concierge services. Whether you’re after an at-home spray tan at midnight or first thing before flying out for a minimoon, the app offers every time slot imaginable. There are even vegan tans available. We love that beauty therapists are chosen via expert personal recommendation, so you can be sure you’re getting the very best service. Don’t skip the wellness packages either – think on-demand IV drips, juice cleanses and personal trainers – to ensure you’re feeling your best ahead of the big day.
Prices from £45; mobile service
BEST AFFORDABLE OPTION:
Secret Spa is a good option for anyone looking to keep their wedding day beauty treatments within a certain budget. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get the best – all of Secret Spa’s mobile spray tans use premium tanning products, and its experts will arrive at your door with all the necessary equipment, including a spray tent to protect your surroundings. Offering natural, healthy-looking results every time, there’s also an Express option available for brides wanting colour to develop in one to three hours max.
Prices from £40; mobile service
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